Outside Air Temperature, 24°C.
Inside Car temperature in
10 minutes = 34°C; 20 minutes = 40°C; 30 minutes = 43°C
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE
Exaggerated panting or sudden stopping of panting - difficulty breathing - rapid or erratic pulse - salivation – weakness – muscle tremors – tongue and lips bright red or gray – convulsions - vomiting – collapse – seizures – coma - death.
EMERGENCY TREATMENT TO COOL YOUR PET IMMEDIATELY
CATS do sweat, but their skin is covered in fur so their paw pads have the most sweat glands. They can leave damp footprints when walking on a hard surface. Only very heat stressed cats will pant, unlike the common panting we see in dogs.
DOGS depend on panting to exchange warm air for cool air. But when air temperature is close to body temperature, cooling by panting is not an efficient process.
- Move to cool area
- Provide cool drinking water or ice to lick
- Wet fur and paw pads with cool water
- For dogs, apply cool pack (not ice) pack to groin area
- TAKE YOUR PET TO A VETERINARIAN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
What to do if you find a pet in a car alone?
In the summer and fall month every year, pets suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. (info gathered from: http://www.peta.org/action/see-dog-in-hot-car-video/)
1. Gather info
Note the car’s color, make, and model, and write down the license plate number or take a picture of it. If you have a cellphone take photos to document all the info.
2. Notify Others
If there’s time, go into the nearest building and find a manager. Remember: It only takes minutes for a dog to suffer brain damage when the weather is hot. Time is of the essence!
Politely ask the manager to page the owner of the car. BE PERSISTENT!
3. Monitor the dog
Go back outside and wait by the car. (Don’t leave until the dog is safe!)
Watch for any signs that the pet is having a heat stroke. (See my list above)
When the owner appears, share some facts, and don’t forget to carry literature in your glove box.
Click here to find PDF literature you can print. You can even put it under the car's windshield wipers if you don't want to confront them when the owners re-appear (assuming the pet is still okay at that point)
5. Call for help
If the owner doesn't’t show up or doesn't’t do anything, call animal control. If animal control can’t come immediately, call 911.